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from The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai
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I sat at the bar of the Zwiebelfisch in Berlin together with David Bell, the renowned Kant scholar; it happened to be one of his regular haunts and it was the only spot where we could have an undisturbed meeting whenever he was in Berlin.

Late Saturday to Early Sunday by Olga Tokarczuk
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God created drugs with an addendum, a few minutes after midnight on Saturday night—in other words, on Sunday, when he wasn’t supposed to be doing anything anymore, for the work of creation had reached its end. Thus it might be said that God’s creation of narcotics was a violation of both law and order.

Kunicki: Water II from Runners by Olga Tokarczuk

“The island’s not that big,” says Branko’s wife Djurdjica as she fills his cup with thick, strong coffee.

Poems and Drawings from Window-book by Semezdin Mehmedinović
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There’s a content to forgetting, just as there’s a content to remembering. 

Aleksandar Hemon’s Best European Fiction 2010 by Anne K. Yoder
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No more literary navel-gazing, Americans! Aleksandar Hemon implores in his introduction to Best European Fiction 2010

Arkadii Dragomoschenko’s Chinese Sun by Kristin Prevallet

In his introduction to Arkadii Dragomoshchenko’s new book Chinese Sun, Jacob Edmonds posits the book’s most pressing question: Can something be central if it is marginal and arbitrary?

Peter Nádas’s A Book of Memories, translated by Ivan Sanders with Imre Goldstein by Deborah Eisenberg
Tadeusz Konwicki by Larry Gross

Tadeusz Konwicki is a Polish writer of novels, essays, and screenplays. He must be in his seventies by now. He was briefly published in America in the mid-’70s when the writings of Eastern European dissidents like Kundera initially caught the attention of American intellectuals.

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